April 24, 2011


The sun was fiercely beating down our backs that we're risking potential skin cancer and heat stroke but we just couldn't resist the Grand Palace's shutter magnet.

The grounds of Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang or simply known as the Grand Palace (although nothing could ever be deemed simple here) serves as the official residence of the Kings of Thailand from the 18th century onwards. At the turn of the 20th century, Thai Kings stopped living in the palace, but the complex is still used for some official and ceremonial events.

It’s open to tourists upon paying the Admission fee of Thai baht 350 (or Php 504 or USD 11.72) daily from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM unless there is a state function which is quite rare.

WARNING: Be careful of the ubiquitous touts manning outside the palace who will advise you that it’s closed and suggest another tour instead. Most likely, they will just bring you to some tourist traps aka shops where they get a commission from your purchase.

Note that since it also houses the Temple of the Emerald Buddha which is regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand, visitors must be properly dressed when in the premises. Arms and knees must be covered. If you’re wearing fit flops or sandals bring socks with you as bare feet within the temples is considered disrespectful. When and if you arrive at the gate and not properly attired, there is a booth that can provide you buttoned down polos and skirts to cover you up but a passport or ID is needed as security, refundable upon return of the items. We cannot vouch for the sanitation and freshness of the clothes though so better dress up modestly.

If there is one sight that you must not miss when in the land of tuktuks, pad thai, tom yum goon and chai yen, it is the magnificent Grand Palace, undoubtedly the city's most celebrated attraction.

HOW TO GET THERE: from the Platinum mall, we took a cab to get to the Old City in Na Phra Lan Road  where the Grand Palace is located. 

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1 Thai baht is equals to Php 1.4 at the time of travel.

Next post, AN ICON WITH A HOLLYWOOD APPEAL, made even more famous by Leonardo Di Caprio.

written by mj


  1. Hello MJ. I like the 5th photo.:-). Hindi ka yata pinansin ng guard ah.:-D.

  2. Haha onga eh, kinukulit nga para gumalaw o mag smile man lang pero dedma. This guard desn't have a sense of humor, LOL. Kidding!;-p

  3. Love your photos! The Grand Palace never fails to amaze me. (:

  4. Hi Pia! Thank you! I don't think you could ever get a bad photo with the Grand Palace, everything is makalaglag panga in its awesomeness:-D

  5. Grrrrr... Frustration ko talaga tong Thailand. Pag ako makahanap ng oras...hm!hehehe

    Very nice Kim and Mj!

  6. Ihanap na ng oras, sulit talaga sya and won't disappoint. Promise!:-D Thanks!

  7. Squinting to read the last picture. Do they not allow skinny jeans? I'm dead! :))

  8. Haha! If i remember correctly, the first time I visited I was wearing leggings and they allowed me entry naman, so goodluck to you and your skinny jeans:-D


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